LAKEWOOD, Ohio - Family-owned Constantino's Market will open its third full-service neighborhood grocery store on Dec. 7 at 18120 Sloane Ave. in Lakewood, inside the former Nature's Bin.
Constantino's, which also has stores in downtown Cleveland and University Circle, aims to offer a larger share of locally sourced products, organic produce and vegan and vegetarian options than can be found in a typical supermarket. That includes its own line of spices, pasta sauces and in-house baked goods and prepared foods like spanakopita and Mediterranean salad.
Constantino's Lakewood Market will open at 8 a.m. Dec. 7, hoping to cater to both grab-and-go commuters and weekly shoppers stocking up for their families. There's a self-serve coffee bar, a soup station and reach-in coolers full of drinks, salads and sandwiches, as well as a full-service bakery and deli, and the typical aisles full of cereals, household items and beer and wine.
During its opening weekend, Constantino's will offer samples of prepared foods and products from its local vendors, as well as a chance to win gift cards, prizes and reusable Constantino's shopping bags. On Dec. 10, Tiffany Tucker from Channel 19 News and Nicole Marcellino, the in-arena announcer for the Cleveland Cavaliers, will be celebrity baggers from 11 a.m. to noon.
Constantine "Costas" Mavromichalis and his late wife, Evelyn, opened their first store at West 110th Street and Clifton Avenue in 1986. The family business is now run largely by their daughter and chief financial officer, Anna, and her husband, Andrew Revy.
Revy, co-owner and CEO, said they were not looking to expand when they heard about the 11,800-square-foot Nature's Bin space, but that they could not resist the chance to open a store in their own neighborhood.
"As residents of Lakewood, and graduates of Lakewood High School, my wife, Anna, and I are looking forward to serving our neighborhood through the offerings in the new store," he said. Moving into an existing grocery space gave them greater shelf space to offer more items than at their other stores.
Anna Mavromichalis said her father stressed that every successful grocer must cater to their neighborhood and what it needs, instead of rolling out a cookie-cutter model and expecting the customers to adjust. To her, that includes cleaner, more environmentally friendly products such as locally-made Dansoap Laundry Detergent, as well as local brands including Anna in the Raw, West Side Salsa, Caruso's Coffee, Erie Island Coffee, Cleveland Vegan, Mitchell's Ice Cream, Great Lakes Brewing, Platform, Thirsty Dog, and Sibling Revelry Beer.
They are also rolling out a Constantino's Market rewards program that offers member-only discounts and a $10 coupon for every $500 spent. A portion of sales from the first weekend will be donated to Cornucopia Inc.'s vocational training programs for people with disabilities.
Constantino's will still offer several Nature's Bin vegan and vegetarian items, including sesame tofu and vegan carrot cake, and continues to support Cornucopia's vocational training programs. "We will make it our tradition to commit one weekend annually to support Cornucopia through a percentage of sales," Revy said.
Cornucopia's Executive Director Nancy H. Peppler said in a statement: "In addition to carrying a selection of Nature's Bin favorite items, Andrew Revy has been more than generous in allowing us to use Constantino's Lakewood as a host site for community-based assessments where our staff will work with people with disabilities to assess their readiness for employment."
Constantino's Lakewood will be open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Although most of the employees have been hired, "we are always looking for good, qualified people," Revy said. The market can be reached at 216-712-4653 or online at constantinosmarket.com.
Constantino's employs about 125 people at its five stores. In addition to its markets at 1278 West Ninth St. in the Warehouse District, and at 11473 Euclid Ave. in Uptown University Circle, the family operates two Constantino's Cafes in the first floor of the EY Building at 950 Main St., and the Edge Cafe at 1750 Euclid Ave.
Revy said Constantino's hasn't given up on opening a store in Tremont, and are still working with the Tremont West Development Corp. to secure the funding and figure out the best space for that store. But with the Lakewood opening, the Tremont store might open closer to 2019....Read more